How To Brush Your Hair Correctly Pop quiz, gentlemen. What’s the right hairbrush for your hairstyle for your hair type? Have you ever thought about that? Guys, there’s a lot of options out there. This brush right here, this brush right there. Do any of these look familiar? This one right here. Which one is perfect for you? If you’re like the vast majority of men, you don’t know. You go out there and we are creatures of habit. We started brushing our hair when we’re young, we’re simply using the brush that was given to us and we stick with it. We never go out there and explore our hair type, the different type of styling products available, the different type of styling brushes available. And it’s these things I’m going to cover in today’s post to give you a foundation, so that you can start brushing your hair correctly.
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To start this off gentlemen I want to let you know this post is going to be very limited in what I can cover. I’m going to link to down in the description an article, an infographic that goes into a lot more detail. Believe me, I spent a year writing this, researching it with my writers, but the goal of this post is to give you a foundation. So, let’s start off with hair types. To start with hair, let’s talk about the hair follicle. Now, understand that we’re all born differently everyone’s got different follicle sizes not only in the thickness, but also the shape. So, let’s talk first about thickness. You’ll find that thinner hair and thicker hair sometimes a larger thicker hair can be twice to sometimes three times as thick as a thinner hair. Now, when it comes to curly hair, what you’re going to find is it oftentimes the shape of the follicle. What you’ll see is oftentimes when they’re more oval shaped they’re going to start to have a bit of a wave in it. Now, that you’ve got that basic understanding of hair follicles, let’s take the 7.5 billion people in the world and condense them into ten different hair types.
Now, I’m going to break immediately that into half. We’re going to have longer hair, we’re going to have shorter hair. I’m going to put two to three inches as the break between short hair and longer hair. And with the shorter hair, let’s go ahead and start off with we’ve got straight and we’ve got wavy. Within straight we’ve got two, we’ve got basically the short straight and thick hair, we’ve also got the short straight and thin hair. So, within the curly category, we now have short curly wavy hair, we have short curly coiled hair, and we have short curly kinky hair. So now, let’s move over to the other side, let’s talk about longer hair. First off, we’ve got long straight thick hair, long straight thin hair. Now, in the curly area, we have long curly wavy hair, long curly coiled hair, and long curly kinky hair. Now, many of those hair types are self-explanatory, but let me go into a little bit more on the definition of what do I mean by wavy, of coiled, and of kinky. So, with wavy, that’s going to be after about three inches, the hair is just going to have a natural wave to it. So, this is something if you can imagine the California surfer type of look.
Now, when we go over to coiled. This is going to be where in about the first after two inches, we start to definitely see some waves and some curls in the hair. And kinky hair, in the first quarter inch on the hair follicle, that’s when we actually start to see some of the coils. So, here it actually happens at the earliest point. So now, we’re going to talk about the right hair brush for the right hair type. I’m not saying that you have to go with this, but if you’ve been using a particular hairbrush and you don’t know why, it’s just been something you’ve defaulted to for the last decade, maybe you want to try something different. Maybe you want to try something that actually is going to work better with your hair type. The first hair type I’m going to talk about is the straight and thin hair type. I’m going to talk about both about short hair and long hair at the same time. And I’m going to bring up this chart and, again, guys I’m going to link to this chart more in the description and you can go check it out over at this style blog. But, immediately you’re going to notice right up there we’ve got the Denman brush, we’ve the rectangle brush, we’ve got the paddle brush although the paddle brush is better for the long hair. The same with the oval brush, it’s going to be better for the long hair.
The reason is both of those brushes have more surface area, hence for the longer hair. Also, we have vented brushes, we have the pocket comb. The military palm brush is going to be great for short hair and then we’ve got the foldable comb both for short and longer length. So, I just showed you a lot of brushes for one particular hair type and you’re probably saying, Carl, okay, so which one is right for me? It depends on what you want to get out of the style of your hair. Understand that this brush right here which has basically a broad bristle on it, obviously a lot of bristles right here. If you want your hair combed down if you wanted to have a very smooth luxurious look, this is the brush you want to go for. Now, this vented brush right here, this is going to actually work for a wide variety of hair types, but this is going to give you basically a more, you know, what you see here I use a vented brush. It gives me a little bit more texture, it doesn’t push it down. Both are going to work for my hair type, but it depends on what I want to get out of this. And, again, there’s if you go back and you look at that chart, there are other ones and I talked about the Denman which by the way the Denman is actually where you’ve got a little bit of give right here in the brush. This one right here you can see is going to be what? That rectangle one? The comb. So, a lot of you guys are going to find if you’ve got thicker curly hair just combs aren’t going to work for you, but if you have thinner hair that is actually straight, it’s oftentimes going to work out very well.
So, next stop, let’s talk about straight thick hair, we’re going to talk about both short and long. So, let me bring up the chart here and when you look at the chart, you’re going to see, again, the Denman brush, the rectangle brush, the paddle brush for longer hair, the oval brush, again, for longer hair, the round brush. Now, the vented brush, the pocket comb, again, it’s going to be better for short hair. So, you can see these are very similar to what we saw. If you’ve got straight hair it looks like doesn’t matter if it’s thick or thin you’re oftentimes can have quite a few brushes and combs at your disposal. So now, let’s get into the curly hair types and I’m going to start off with wavy, so I’m going to go ahead and bring up the chart and as you can see some of the more usual suspects out there. We’ve got the Denman brush again, the rectangle brush, although the paddle brush all of a sudden drops off, and we’ve got the oval brush both for short and longer hair. We’ve got the rounded brush, you’ll find that actually the vented brush works for both. But here is where unfortunately if you’ve got wavy hair, you’re going to find that combs just aren’t going to work as much as if you’ve got the straight hair. The next wavy hair type we’re going to talk about is the coiled hair type. Now, let’s go ahead and bring up the chart and immediately you’ll notice the Denman brush fell off, the rectangle brush fell off. A lot of the brushes start to fail at this point.
Now, what you will find is the oval brush, the rounded brush, these stick around. In addition, the military palm brush especially if you’ve got shorter hair that is coiled. So, you’re looking for a shorter bristle length which is going to give you a little bit more strength when you’re brushing through that hair. Finally, in the wavy hair section, let’s talk about kinky hair. As you can see a lot of things do not work on kinky hair, but immediately you notice the hair pick, you notice the military palm brush for the shorter hair the hair pick for the longer hair and the hair brush sponge. Now, I don’t have samples of the sponge, but I do have right here, again, for shorter if you’ve got short kinky hair, this will work for you. If you’ve got longer kinky hair, you’re going to want to use a pick. I’ve heard great things about metal picks. Obviously, I don’t have that hair type, so I’m not using it. But, again, guys if you’ve got something to add to this post, because I know a lot of guys have dealt you’ve got your own tips and tricks, I would love to hear from you down in the comments. Now gents, three more things I want to talk about that have an effect on when you style and brush your hair. Number one, shampooing and conditioning your hair.
If you don’t wash your hair very often maybe just a couple of times a week and you rarely ever use shampoo, your hair is going to go to its natural state much more than if you’re using a shampoo daily especially if you’re using a conditioner as well. It puts a thin layer on your hair, it can penetrate the hair and it can have either maybe lay a bit more straight. In some cases, if you’re not using product it can actually go ahead and curl a bit more go more to its natural state. So, be aware and be open to changing how you actually shampoo and condition your hair. Two, think about the temperature of the water as you’re washing your hair. So – and are – is your hair going to be wet before you actually start to style it. There’s a difference between putting some water in your hair and then brushing it first thing in the morning versus taking a hot or a cool shower in the morning and how that affects your hair. Oftentimes you can find that hotter water is going to strip away a lot of the oils not only from your hair, but your scalp. If you wash in cooler water that can do a better job of actually leaving the oils, but understand all of that is going to have an effect. Finally, let’s talk about product. Many different products out there, it goes beyond the scope of this post. I am going to bring up this chart right here.
Notice on this chart which I will link to, again, down in the description I talk about different, you know, clays, putties, pomades, all that other stuff out there. And the length of your hair, the type of your hair, and what product you want to use. But, understand that you’ve got products like pomade. This is going to be great for longer hair and if you want to have a glossy basically a shiny look to it. Now, if you’re looking at a putty or a clay basically something maybe that’s going to have a more a fiber base, then it can actually do a good job of holding longer hair in place, but it’s going to have a very matte basically a non- shine finish. So, many things you can do out there gentlemen. And the purpose of this post was simply to open your mind because I feel that men in general we just fall into routines. We’ve been, you know, honestly using the same brush that, you know, we’ve just taken care of it and I mean that’s great for 10 years, but you haven’t changed things up and you never went out there and explored. You never went out there and said you know is this brush or is this brush actually going to give me a style that I’ve been looking for. So, guys go out there experiment. If you want more, go check out this style blog. Guys, I’ve got a free app for you I take those infographics break it down make them easy.
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